Indian racer Kush Maini impressed on his Components Renault Eurocup debut – securing third place and fifth place for the M2 Competitors crew within the two races of the sequence’ 2019 season-opening spherical at Monza.
Beginning the primary race at 4th on the grid, Maini survived contact with polesitter Lorenzo Colombo to maneuver as much as third place on the opening lap itself. The protection automotive was employed quickly after to gather Colombo’s automotive and as soon as the race restarted, Maini discovered himself underneath strain as Oscar Piastri, Victor Martins and Federico Malvestiti caught as much as him. Piastri briefly managed to move him across the outdoors at Flip 1, however Maini was in a position to re-take the place on the second chicane. He then began closing the hole to 2nd-placed Leonardo Lorandi, who went broad on the second Lesmo. Regardless of making a number of makes an attempt, Maini was unable to overhaul Lorandi and ended up ending the race in third place, with Ugo de Wilde taking victory.
He then survived the difficult situations in a moist Race 2 to cross the end line in fifth place – having began the race from the identical place. The consequence made him the highest-place rookie racer within the second race. Alexander Smolyar gained the race, with Victor Martins and Lorenzo Colombo finishing the rostrum.
“We had good tempo in being persistently within the main group in the course of the pre-season collective checks. We anticipated to run up entrance, however final month I by no means thought that we’d end third in our first race, then win the rookie class. This offers us a strong basis and I hope that we will proceed to get stronger because the season progresses,” stated Maini, who moved to Components Renault Eurocup after securing third place within the general standings of the British F3 championship, final 12 months.
The sequence will now make its solution to Silverstone for Spherical 2, which is able to happen from Could 10-12, 2019. The 2019 season of the Components Renault Eurocup additionally marks the debut of the brand new Components Renault FR-19 racer.